Primary Practice

Rolf Rings´ practice centers on patent work, including utility models and designs, in which he is active in prosecution, litigation and licensing as well as in validity proceedings before the EPO, the German Federal Patent Court and the German Patent and Trademark Office. A main area of his work is the elaboration of IP validity and infringement opinions as well as the representation of clients in IP-related infringement proceedings.
His technical specialization lies in the area of automotive engineering, machine tool engineering, hydraulic engineering, medical devices and solar engineering. Together with a team of specialized attorneys-at-law, Rolf Rings has advised major international clients in litigation cases in the automotive industry, the field of medical devices and sanitary products. He regularly counsels a long-standing client in the up-market sector of sports equipment in all IP-related matters. He is also skilled in modern evaluation methods of patent portfolios (patent evaluation), a topic on which he has published articles as well as on the role patents can play in a company's strategic marketing. Rolf Rings has lectured on intellectual property law at the CEIPI in Strasbourg (CEIPI Tutor) for the preparation of candidates for the European Qualification Examination (EQE) of the European Patent Office (EPO). He was appointed as Court Expert in proceedings before the District Court Munich for the evaluation of an IP portfolio (Court Expert Patent Evaluation) due to his technical-economical specialization and education (Dipl. Ing. Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration).

Professional Experience

1997 – 1999 Trainee at the law firm Schuster & Partner, Stuttgart
1999 Patent engineer at the law firm Bardehle, Pagenberg, Dost, Altenburg, Geissler, Munich
2001 – 2007 Associate with the law firm Bardehle, Pagenberg, Dost, Altenburg, Geissler, Munich
2007 Founder and partner of the law firm RINGS Patentanwälte, Munich
2015 Merger with the law firm Klingseisen & Partner Patentanwälte, transition of the firm to KLINGSEISEN RINGS & Partner Patentanwälte


1991 – 1996 Studies in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen) at Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
1996 Awarded degree of Dipl. Ing.
1996 – 1997 Legal Studies of French and International Intellectual Property Law at Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Industrielle (CEIPI) at the Université Robert Schuman in Strasbourg, France; International Scholarship of the European Patent Office (EPO)
1997 Degree of Diplomé du CEIPI
1999 – 2000 Trainee at the German Patent and Trademark Office and at the German Patent Court
2000 German Patent Attorney Examination
2001 Admitted to the German Bar of Patent Attorneys, and as representative before the European Trademark Office (OHIM)
2001 Admitted as European Patent Attorney
2002 Registered as a qualified person before the French Patent Office (INPI)


AIPPI – International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property

EPI – Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office

FICPI – International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys

GRUR – Gesellschaft für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht

LESI – Licensing Executives Society

VPP – Association of Intellectual Property Experts


German, English, French

Rolf Rings

Rolf Rings

Dipl.-Ing., dipl. CEIPI
Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney
Born: 1970


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